The Papal tiara is cited by the notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive as being something the pope visiting the United States could throw to the crowds The ad executive "never cared for the damn thing" and suggests it appears as being something one would win at Coney Island and should be hung from the top of the Empire State Building (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 28).

In his twilight years, Pope Sporus VI retreated to Capri where he wore "brightly flowered robes, leather sandals, and a straw tiara" (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 57).

During Vatican III, an American bishop donated a matched pair of Intercontinental ballistic missiles with nose cones shaped as this headgear (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 90).


The papal tiara is a crown that was worn by popes of the Roman Catholic Church from as early as the 8th century to the mid-20th. It was last used by Pope Paul VI in 1963 and only at the beginning of his reign. At the conclusion of the second session of the Second Vatican Council, Paul VI laid the tiara on the altar of Saint Peter's Basilica (rather than “throw [it] to the crowd” or “hang it on top of the Empire State Building”) in a symbolic retiring ceremony.  None of his successors have worn a tiara. Though not currently worn as part of papal regalia, the continuing symbolism of the papal tiara is reflected in its use on the coats of arms of the Holy See and the flag of Vatican City[1].


  1. Wikipedia: Papal tiara

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